Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Pelvic Floor Muscles: How they are affected by pregnancy

After Blake was born I was constantly being reminded in hospital and also by
both my midwife and health visitor once we were home the need to do pelvic floor exercises. 

I was told that just even though I had a C-section and that even though I didn't push my baby out I had still
had a baby jumping on my bladder for 9 months.

I was aware that your pelvic floor muscles can be affected thanks to pregnancy and that exercising them
was important but lets be honest how many of us actually remembered to do them? 

What are your Pelvic Floor Muscles? 
 Your pelvic floor muscles basically hold all your pelvic organs in place. 
They support your bladder and your bowel and give you control when you need to urinate. 
As you get older they tend to get weaker and pregnancy doesn't help the matter. 

As above I mentioned  that pregnancy can have an affect on your pelvic floor. 
  After all you have the baby, amniotic fluid, placenta, etc resting on your pelvic floor muscles with great pressure which causes them to become weaker too. 

To strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, you have to squeeze said muscles in and hold it there for about 10 seconds before letting go and doing it again (do not hold your breath or tighten your stomach whilst doing these). Repeat this about 10 times. It is advised that you do this a few times a day.

I did try to remember to do my pelvic floor exercises but it was hard when you've had a C-section so your in pain from that and then your baby needs your undivided attention. 

So as at some point the future we would like another child I have thought it is a good idea to
make doing pelvic floor exercises a part of my life. 

I was sent The Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser which is an easy to use pelvic floor exerciser 
providing relief from stress, urged and mixed incontinence.

It is recommended that you give the pelvic floor exerciser a go for at least 12 weeks as that's 
the time its recommend to take to notice any difference. 

So I am going to give it ago and let you know how I get on in 12 weeks time. 


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  3. This sounds interseting.
    I am useless and go for a day or two with doing mine and then forget for months! I also now have really bad bladder control, I do wonder if I had managed to do the exercises would it be any better.

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  5. I've used this too and found it to be ace. Will be great to see how it works for you x